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Reviewed by Sarah C.

Beth Luxenberg was an only child. Everyone from her children to new-found acquaintances were aware of this fact. So when her secret emerges her son Steven is left bewildered. After all, his mother had always taught them that above all – they must tell the truth.

Beth – nearly eighty and in poor health – consults a new doctor and casually mentions a sister, whom she claims was sent away at the age of two. She knows not of the reason, nor of her sister’s fate.

Beth dies six months later, in 1999, and the secret re-emerges with a name… Annie.

Steven begins diving into his mother’s past, where he uncovers more than he could hope to find. His mother had grown up together with her sister who had not been hospitalized at the age of two, but at twenty-one. Annie spent her life in a mental institution while Beth set out to hide her sister’s existence from the world.

Why?

Annie’s Ghosts will capture you from the first few sentences and will not leave you even after the final page is turned and the book set to rest on a shelf. It carries a haunting element impossible to shake yet ends in a satisfactory manner, leaving the reader content. It is truly beautifully written and does not burden with too much detail, but instead gives enough to keep one interested.

Annie’s Ghosts was a book I could not put down, and I guarantee no one else will.